Computers

Why fix Internet oversight if it’s not broken? – Boston Globe

Friday, March 21, 2014

Here’s something you don’t generally see in a column on technology: an appeal to patriotism. We rightly think of the Internet as a global communications network. But in a very important sense, it’s an American network. The Obama administration plans to change this, and therein lies a potential problem. Continue reading below Last week, the administration said the United States will begin negotiations to cede control of one of the…

Microsoft scans blogger’s Hotmail account to track down… – The Verge

Friday, March 21, 2014

An ex-Microsoft employee has been arrested and charged with leaking early copies of Windows 8 and Windows 7. Seattle PI reports that software architect Alex Kibkalo is accused of stealing trade secrets and leaking confidential beta copies of Windows 8 to an unnamed “French technology blogger.” Kibkalo was reportedly motivated to leak the software after a poor performance review at Microsoft. Details and copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8…

Why fix Internet oversight if it’s not broken? – Boston Globe

Friday, March 21, 2014

Here’s something you don’t generally see in a column on technology: an appeal to patriotism. We rightly think of the Internet as a global communications network. But in a very important sense, it’s an American network. The Obama administration plans to change this, and therein lies a potential problem. Continue reading below Last week, the administration said the United States will begin negotiations to cede control of one of the…

Syria hit with a near nationwide Internet outage – Washington Post (blog)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Multiple Internet monitoring companies are reporting that Syria has been hit with a near country-wide outage. According to Renesys, the outage started at 12:26 UTC, and the only online link remaining is one via TurkTelecom that connects the city of Aleppo. Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, has been the site of some of the most intense fighting in the country’s three-year civil war. Internet in Syria almost entirely down at 12:26…

Microsoft scans blogger’s Hotmail account to track down… – The Verge

Friday, March 21, 2014

An ex-Microsoft employee has been arrested and charged with leaking early copies of Windows 8 and Windows 7. Seattle PI reports that software architect Alex Kibkalo is accused of stealing trade secrets and leaking confidential beta copies of Windows 8 to an unnamed “French technology blogger.” Kibkalo was reportedly motivated to leak the software after a poor performance review at Microsoft. Details and copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8…

Reid Orders Computer Review to Defend Senate Committee in Rift With the CIA – New York Times

Friday, March 21, 2014

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Why fix Internet oversight if it’s not broken? – Boston Globe

Friday, March 21, 2014

Here’s something you don’t generally see in a column on technology: an appeal to patriotism. We rightly think of the Internet as a global communications network. But in a very important sense, it’s an American network. The Obama administration plans to change this, and therein lies a potential problem. Continue reading below Last week, the administration said the United States will begin negotiations to cede control of one of the…

Microsoft uncovers mole who leaked Windows secrets, but Wzor lives on – InfoWorld

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Yesterday Levi Pulkkinen at the Seattle Post Intelligencer broke the story that an ex-Microsoft employee was charged with passing trade secrets to a journalist. Several people came to the immediate conclusion that Wzor’s source had been blown — Wzor being the Russian-language leaker and driving force behind Wzor.net, who’s figured prominently in Windows leaks for several years. It’s now apparent that the busted former employee, Alex Kibkalo, was leaking the…

Linux worm Darlloz targets Intel architecture to mine digital currency – ZDNet

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Credit: CNET A Linux worm variant found in the wild targets routers, set-top boxes, and now PCs in order to mine for cryptocurrency. According to research firm Symantec, a new Internet of Things (IoT) worm was discovered last November. Dubbed Linux.Darlloz, the worm targets computers running Intel x86 architectures, as well as devices running the ARM, MIPS and PowerPC architectures, such as routers and set-top…

Why fix Internet oversight if it’s not broken? – Boston Globe

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Here’s something you don’t generally see in a column on technology: an appeal to patriotism. We rightly think of the Internet as a global communications network. But in a very important sense, it’s an American network. The Obama administration plans to change this, and therein lies a potential problem. Continue reading below Last week, the administration said the United States will begin negotiations to cede control of one of the…

America’s Internet Surrender – Wall Street Journal

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Internet is often described as a miracle of self-regulation, which is almost true. The exception is that the United States government has had ultimate control from the beginning. Washington has used this oversight only to ensure that the Internet runs efficiently and openly, without political pressure from any country. This was the happy state of affairs until last Friday, when the Obama administration made the surprise announcement it will…

Microsoft Reveals DirectX 12, Xbox One Improvements – IGN

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Microsoft took the lid off its graphics API, DirectX 12. According to the company, developers will have more direct control over their visuals than ever, with more complex scenes and rendering features. And yes, these changes should translate to Xbox One games, in addition to a new focus across multiple platforms. “Xbox One games will see improved performance and we’ll bring…

Ex-Microsoft employee charged with passing blogger trade secrets – Seattle Post Intelligencer

Thursday, March 20, 2014

An ex-Microsoft Corp. employee accused of leaking Windows 8 code to a tech blogger — and bragging about breaking into the Redmond campus — now faces federal criminal charges following allegations that he stole trade secrets. Arrested Wednesday, software architect Alex Kibkalo is accused of stealing Microsoft trade secrets while working for the company. Investigators contend Kibkalo was also caught bragging about leaking Windows 7 program files, as well…

US|Judge Rebukes Justice Dept. for Requesting Overly Broad Email Searches – New York Times

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Is the US really giving up control of the Internet? – Fox News

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Is our created-in-America communications revolution about to go the way of IBM PCs and our Nokia cellphones? Is the U.S. really going to hand authority over the Internet to….someone else? The hubbub began with last week’s confirmation of a longstanding plan to shift responsibility for basic Internet chores out of U.S. government hands. The people currently riding shotgun over the naming system for the Internet–the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information…

Microsoft is winning on Mac as Office for iPad looms – The Verge

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Nearly two years after the launch of Microsoft’s Surface tablets, we’re still waiting for a fully touch-optimized version of arguably the company’s most important product: Office. For iPad users, though, the wait is about to end. While it might seem odd for Microsoft to launch an iPad version of Office before taking care of its own Windows tablets, the move is indicative of new areas of focus in…

Office for iPad rumors give Microsoft’s stock a boost – CNET

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The expected arrival of Microsoft Office on the iPad is one of a number of reasons Microsoft’s share price is on the rise. (Credit: Microsoft) Microsoft’s share price hit levels Tuesday not seen since the dot-com boom days, with analysts attributing the rise to a report on Monday of Office finally landing on the iPad. Microsoft’s shares rose as much as 5 percent to $39.90 on Tuesday, adding $15 billion…

Office for iPad rumors give Microsoft’s stock a boost – CNET

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The expected arrival of Microsoft Office on the iPad is one of a number of reasons Microsoft’s share price is on the rise. (Credit: Microsoft) Microsoft’s share price hit levels Tuesday not seen since the dot-com boom days, with analysts attributing the rise to a report on Monday of Office finally landing on the iPad. Microsoft’s shares rose as much as 5 percent to $39.90 on Tuesday, adding $15 billion…

Office for iPad rumors give Microsoft’s stock a boost – CNET

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The expected arrival of Microsoft Office on the iPad is one of a number of reasons Microsoft’s share price is on the rise. (Credit: Microsoft) Microsoft’s share price hit levels Tuesday not seen since the dot-com boom days, with analysts attributing the rise to a report on Monday of Office finally landing on the iPad. Microsoft’s shares rose as much as 5 percent to $39.90 on Tuesday, adding $15 billion…

Microsoft Surface 2 – CNET

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Microsoft Surface the second, now with more LTE! (Credit: Microsoft) Microsoft’s Windows RT tablet-darling is the latest to join AT&T’s growing family. Rocking a $679 price tag, the Microsoft Surface 2 4G LTE hits Microsoft Retail Stores, MicrosoftStore.com, and Best Buy starting March 18. Powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM, the 4G LTE version of the Surface 2 packs the same internal and external specs…